We visit climate resilient homes across Australia, including five opening for Sustainable House Day 2019.
- Designer demountable
This reuse project diverted two prefab office pods from landfill to create a holiday house on a low budget.
- Investing in sustainability
Built on a project home budget, this Cairns investment property gets creative with design on a sloping site.
- Outside the box
A prefab Melbourne home pushes the boundaries of Passive House design to capture views and sunlight.
- Paying it forward
Having learned from their first home build, this Adelaide family has achieved a high-performing sustainable home that will work for them for the long term.
- Shacking up
A compact and versatile home on the New South Wales mid-north coast makes the most of recycled and reclaimed materials.
- Building community
In Western Australia, a new co-housing development boasts twelve high-performance hempcrete homes, all over 8.5 Stars.
- At home with hemp
This family home makes the most of the beauty and thermal properties of hempcrete, to satisfying effect.
- Elegant infill
Careful orientation and spaces with double functions ensure this home on a subdivided Brisbane block feels larger than it is.
Ideas & advice:
- On the drawing board
Architect Matt Elkan muses about beauty and quality in the built environment, and how an appreciation of both has informed his recent work.
- Finding a green builder
To turn a great design into a high-performing sustainable house, you need the right builder. Here’s where to look and what to ask.
- The gas dilemma
As the electricity grid greens, gas is losing its place as the cleaner, cheaper household fuel choice. Renew’s research looks into the best fuel for lowering both your bills and your carbon emissions.
- Design workshop: Connecting indoors and out
Dick Clarke of Envirotecture offers suggestions for a renovation of a 1950s home in Bellingen, NSW, to connect it better to its large garden.
The importance of play is a hot topic in child development circles. We investigate the changing thinking behind playspace design.
- Are we aiming for the Stars?
New analysis looks at how we’re building in Australia today, the Star ratings we’re achieving, and what needs to change to deliver climate resilient homes.